At least 43 people — mostly elderly retirees — died in a fiery crash between a bus and a truck in southwestern France on Friday, authorities said. French President Francois Hollande called the accident near the town of Puisseguin, close to Bordeaux, an 'immense tragedy.' Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said firefighters were met with a 'gigantic' blaze when they arrived on the scene and warned the 'heavy' death toll could climb.
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